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There’s no way around it: Taking care of dry skin can be a challenge. And that’s especially the case when it comes to washing your face. Of course, that doesn’t make cleansing any less necessary. Just as you wouldn’t pass on brushing your teeth, you can’t get around it: You have to wash your face morning and night. And even if you have dry skin, you may sometimes feel the need for a deeper clean, which is where double cleansing comes in.
Cleansing with two different facial cleansers, one right after the other, is a trend called double cleansing that comes to us from Korea—the source of some of your very favorite beauty innovations (sheet masks and BB creams, to name just a couple). The first cleanser is used to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oils from the skin, while the second is meant to wash off any remaining impurities that may be sitting on the surface of your skin. Oftentimes, a no-rinse cleanser (like micellar water or towelettes) will be used for the first round of cleansing, followed by a rinse-off cleanser.
If you’re interested in double cleansing dry skin, it’s all about finding the right skin care products to do it. Keep reading, because we’re sharing all the steps for double cleansing dry skin.
Ready for your first cleanser? It’s time to grab a micellar water! A favorite face washing method of many, these water-based cleansers don’t require any rinsing or rubbing to remove makeup, meaning they’re quick to use. All you need is a cotton pad, and a micellar water that’s formulated for your skin type, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin. Saturate the cotton pad with the cleanser and hold the pad over closed for a few seconds then gently wipe to remove eye makeup. For the rest of your face, gently wipe the pad over your skin.
Once you’re done wiping your face with micellar water, reach for a rinse-off cleanser to get started on the second part of your double cleansing routine. If you have dry skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser. The clay-to-mousse formula is formulated with three different clays and charcoal and can help remove everyday impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying it. To use, simply squeeze a small amount of cleanser into your hands and add water to watch it transform into a mousse. Gently massage it onto your face using circular motions, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
If there’s one fact that those with dry skin surely already know, it’s how important moisturizer is for skin that looks its best. After cleansing, you should always smooth a hydrating moisturizer onto your skin. To turn face washing into a hydration opportunity, apply your moisturizer before patting your face dry with a towel. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still damp, as this can help lock in hydration. So, rather than reaching for a towel right after rinsing off your cleanser, pick up a moisturizer formulated for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are both water-based moisturizers that are formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid to help provide long-lasting hydration. Definitely a must for dry skin!
If learning how to double cleanse dry skin has made you realize you’re in need of a refresher on your skin type, head on over to our article on the 14 Skin Care Rules for Dry Skin Types or punch up your knowledge with 8 Skin Care Hacks for Dry Skin.